Deb­bie is hot to fox­trot

Wa­ter bot­tles help crocked Strictly star make Black­pool

Daily Record - - NEWS - TOM BRYANT re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

DEB­BIE McGee is pin­ning her hopes on a magic cure for pulled mus­cles ahead of this week­end’s live Strictly show in Black­pool.

Deb­bie, 59, has been strap­ping hot wa­ter bot­tles to her back to make the ag­o­nis­ing pain dis­ap­pear.

Her sis­ter Donna re­vealed: “She’s twisted a mus­cle so she’s strug­gling.

“It’s a real shame. She has been suf­fer­ing – she had a hot wa­ter bot­tle on her back all week. It’s re­ally been play­ing up.”

Strictly sen­sa­tion Deb­bie scored the first 40 of the BBC1 se­ries with part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice for their tango two weeks ago.

And Donna hinted she may al­ready have had is­sues on Satur­day, when her salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You left her in third place with 35.

She added: “She’d been suf­fer­ing, it could have gone ei­ther way.

“You don’t know if the back was go­ing to go – but she doesn’t let it worry her.”

But Deb­bie, the widow and for­mer as­sis­tant of ma­gi­cian Paul Daniels, says she is not fazed by ap­pear­ing at Black­pool – be­cause the cou­ple did a sum­mer sea­son there be­fore they were mar­ried.

Deb­bie said: “Paul and I did a huge sum­mer show at the Opera House, which has spe­cial mem­o­ries for me as we sold out ev­ery night.”

Loose Women pre­sen­ter Ruth Langs­ford left the show on Sun­day af­ter she and vet­eran An­ton Du Beke failed to im­press judges with their fox­trot to Mack The Knife.

That leaves eight pairs com­pet­ing at the Tower Ball­room this week­end.

Singer Alexan­dra Burke and part­ner Gorka Marquez scored the high­est marks on Sun­day.

They got 38 for the first Ar­gen­tine tango of the evening.

East­End­ers star Davood Ghadami and Nadiya By­chkova were also re­warded with a 38 for their en­ter­tain­ing charleston to The Lam­beth Walk, while Scots co­me­dian Su­san Cal­man and Kevin Clifton got a healthy 27 with their tango. ●Strictly Come Danc­ing from Black­pool is on BBC One from 6.45pm on Satur­day.

TOWER PLAY Deb­bie and Gio­vanni will line up at the ball­room

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